Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is the King and the Prime Minister of Brunei in Asia making him one of the last absolute monarchs of the 21st century with absolute power and wealth that is mind-blowing.
From the posh palace to the exotic cars to the extravagant lifestyle, the King is one of the most pampered human beings on Earth.
Even from birth on 15 July 1946, in Istana Darussalam, Brunei Town, he has already been prepping himself up for an “over-the-top lifestyle” experience.
Take his name, for instance. He’s known as Hassanal Bolkiah, but his complete name is Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.
The sultan has been ranked among the wealthiest individuals in the world. In 2008, Forbes estimated the sultan’s total peak net worth at the US $20 billion. After Queen Elizabeth II, the sultan is the world’s second longest-reigning current monarch. On 5 October 2017, the sultan celebrated his Golden Jubilee to mark the 50th year of his reign on the throne.
The Sultan of Brunei is excessively wealthy as well. In fact, he’s considered the richest monarch in the world as of 2016. According to Forbes magazine, His Majesty earns around $100 per second from oil earnings and other investments. He gets around $2 billion per year, with a total net worth of about $20 billion.
He’s also notoriously known as an avid collector of vehicles.
While most of us would satisfy our car fantasies by buying their toy versions, his Majesty (together with the Sultan’s eldest son and his brother) likes to indulge his car fetishes by buying the actual vehicles themselves.
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The Sultan also has this strange habit of owning a model for each colour that his favourite cars came in. And he is not satisfied with just one model — he tends to buy two or more of the same model for himself and his family. For instance, he has 70 Ferrari 456 GTs, 80 Bentley Turbo Rs, and 25 BMW 750iLs to name a few.
According to reports, he owns over 7,000 cars which include:
- Rolls Royce – 604 cars
- Mercedes-Benz – 574 cars
- Ferrari – 452 cars
- Bentley – 382 cars
- BMW – 209 cars
- Jaguar – 179 cars
- Koenigsegg – 134 cars
- Lamborghini – 21 cars
- Aston Martin – 11 cars
It takes around an hour to 1.5 hours for many of these cars to be brought out, since the garage has the size of five aircraft hangars or ten football fields (combined).
And not all the cars are used — or even engine-started for years. Unfortunately, more than half are left rotting and ‘beyond saving’. Still, there are more than enough vehicles left to suit his extremely luxurious lifestyle. Some of the rare and unique ones include these vehicles:
- Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
- Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
- 24-Carat Gold-Plated Rolls Royce
- Bentley Java
- Ferrari Mythos
- Ferrari FX
- Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental – Star of India
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage Special Series II
- McLaren F1
- Mercedes-Benz S73 T AMG wagon
The sultan married his first cousin and first wife, Pengiran Anak Saleha, or Princess Saleha, who later became the Raja Isteri of the Queen. His former second wife, Mariam Abdul Aziz (the former Pengiran Isteri), was a former flight attendant for the national carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines. He divorced her in 2003, stripping her of all her royal titles. In August 2005, her place was taken by a former Malaysian TV3 presenter, Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, who is 33 years younger than the sultan. They divorced in 2010, and as with Mariam Abdul Aziz, the sultan stripped her of all titles, honours, and monthly allowance. The divorce was announced on Radio Television Brunei by the grand chamberlain.
Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is the current Pengiran Muda Mahkota (“crown prince”) and the sultan’s heir, as the eldest son of the sultan and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha. As of 2012, Hassanal Bolkiah has five sons and seven daughters with his three wives.
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